Cork Out - Time For Britton To Return?
With the news confirmed that Jack Cork is out for Saturday's trip to Watford, is it time for Leon Britton to return to the starting line-up?
I would imagine that the majority of Swans fans would agree and welcome him back in with open arms, but I have doubts that manager Paul Clement will deliver what most of us want this weekend.
That's mainly because Leon Britton hasn't even been amongst the substitutes under Paul Clement - it's Ki who's been coming on off the bench in games - and the idea of him starting instead of Cork - in that defensive role - worries me....a lot.
Ki, like Fer, is one of those players that shouldn't be played as a holding midfielder, yet has done quite often this season. Thankfully, Fer can play further forward in a midfield trio, but with him and Carroll in there, there's no room for a Ki-type player. Not to mention that he's not the sort of player you want during a relegation fight.
The only other alternative to Leon Britton, is youngster Jay Fulton - who was in favour with former boss Bob Bradley, but was instantly cast aside following Clement's arrival. Considering Leon Britton's fitness dropping with age, is Fulton a better option?
I liked Fulton for the majority of games during Bradley's forgetful reign, but there were moments when he did show his inexperience and I feel we'll need a player who's been there and done it before - not to mention a player whose experience, attitude and desire will (hopefully) rub off on his team-mates around him. Without Ashley Williams, we seriously lack a leader. The West Ham display was embarrassing and you couldn't be blamed for failing to see how we can turn things around after that game, as we looked dead and buried - void of any confidence and ability to create goalscoring chances.
It's possible to cater for Cork's absence without making a like for like change - and instead changing formation - moving away from 4-3-3 - but Paul Clement really doesn't come across as a manager who's prepared to take such a risk. With Cork out, you could possibly have Carroll and Fer in a 4-2-3-1, move Sigurdsson to his preferred number 10 role - behind Llorente, and have Narsingh and Ayew on the wings. I'll be shocked if that's what Clement decides to do, but I'd hope it's something he'll consider during a game at least if a change is needed.
Who should replace Cork? Should Clement move Sigurdsson back into the middle and switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation at Watford? Let us know what you think in the comments below...